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Flames Shut Out Siena, 9-0

March 3, 2013
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Trey Lambert

Right-hander Trey Lambert pitched seven scoreless innings, helping lead the Liberty Flames to a 9-0 victory over the Siena Saints in Sunday afternoon's first game of the Liberty Invitational at Liberty Baseball Stadium.

Lambert, making his third start of the season, threw seven scoreless innings to move to 2-0 on the year. The junior scattered five hits, striking out three and walking one batter. Relievers Kyle McKelvey and Blake Fulghum each pitched scoreless innings to complete the shutout.

Liberty pitchers did not allow a run in back-to-back games against the Saints. Yesterday, the Flames shut out Siena, 4-0.

Winners of eight consecutive contests, Liberty moves to 8-2 on the year. Siena drops to 2-7.

The Flames jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third. After loading the bases with one out, second baseman Bryan Aanderud lined a single into left field to plate two runs for a Liberty advantage.

In the sixth, the Flames broke open the contest with three more runs. Walks to Aanderud and third baseman Sammy Taormina sandwiched around a single by catcher Trey Wimmer loaded the bases to begin the frame. Designated hitter Danny Grauer and shortstop Dalton Britt followed with a back-to-back RBI singles for a 5-0 advantage. Two batters later, left fielder Nick Lasik lifted a sacrifice fly to score another run for a 6-0 Liberty edge.

The Flames extended their lead with two runs in each of the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, Grauer plated a run with a sacrifice fly, while Grauer brought home run with a single. In the eighth, after singling, right fielder Nick Paxton scored on a wild pitch. Austin Bream brought the last run of the contest with a sacrifice fly for the 9-0 final score.

Siena starter Bryan Gossens drops to 0-1 on the year. The freshman right-hander gave up two runs on five hits over five innings of work. He struck out two batters and walked none. The Saints used a total of five pitchers in the game.

Liberty had 13 hits in the contest. Five Flames, Aanderud, Britt, Paxton, Wimmer and center fielder Ryan Cordell had two hits apiece.

Siena managed five hits in the game. Center fielder Mike Fish had two hits for the Saints.